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Review: My Treasure Island!!! (Johnson Girls)

October 30th, 2014

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My Treasure Island!!!, presented by Johnson Girls, is unapologetically hilarious theatre

On Wednesday night, I stepped out of the cold and into a production of My Treasure Island!!! at the Theatre Passe Muraille backspace. Presented by Johnson Girls with the support of Passe Muraille, this show is an adaptation of a book – Sara Levine’s Treasure Island!!! – about a woman’s obsession with a book – Robert Louis Stevenson’s exclamation mark-free classic Treasure Island. It takes the audience on a fun adventure and offers some gasps and laughs along the way.

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Review: Drink with Death: a morbid cabaret (Emma Soutus and Christopher Weatherstone)

October 30th, 2014

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Drink With Death: a morbid cabaret brings the songs of the dead to Cameron House in Toronto

When the dead decide to have a drink with the living, it quickly turns to revealing personal truths in song. Or at least it does in Drink with Death: a morbid cabaret, presented by Emma Soutus and Christopher Weatherstone.

And what songs they are.

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Review: The Skriker (Red One Theatre Collective/Theatre Brouhaha)

October 30th, 2014

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Red One Theatre Collective brings The Skriker to fantastical life at the Storefront Theatre in Toronto

If you go down to the Storefront this week (or next), you’re in for a big surprise. If you go down to the theatre this week, you’d better go in disguise! For every creature that ever there was has gathered there for certain because… Red One Theatre Collective has brought to life—vibrant, haunting life!—Caryl Churchill’s fantastical play The Skriker.

My date and I were blown away by this production. “I think that was the best thing I’ve ever seen!” she told me as we walked away from the theatre, our eyes sparkling. I nodded enthusiastically, my heart still pounding in my chest, my mind reeling. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Cream of Comedy 2014 (Tim Sims Encouragement Fund)

October 29th, 2014

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The Second City presented the Cream of Comedy showcase featuring up and coming Toronto comedians

I had the pleasure of attending the 19th annual Cream of Comedy showcase last night at Toronto’s Second City. This night is a little different from other Second City shows, not in terms of the fantastic talent’s ability to make you laugh, but because it’s an annual juried competition that recognizes and encourages up and coming comedic talent in our city. There is a cash prize of $5,000 for the winner. Last night was hosted by Jeff McEnery featured five acts: four comics and an improv group. I’m happy to say that nothing about the night felt amateurish. Everyone on stage was confident, there was no fumbling or second guessing which I was rather impressed by. Read the rest of this entry »

Cheap Theatre for the Week of October 28th, 2014

October 28th, 2014

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Well, the mayoral election is over. And whether or not you’re entirely happy with the results, now we can focus on more important things – like Halloween! In between planning your costume, and figuring out where you’d like to spend the evening (or if you’d like to spend the evening watching scary movies and eating candy at home), it’s worth noting that lots of Halloween-themed theatre will be going on in the city this week. Here’s a list of five spooky shows with tickets costing no more than $25 each. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

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Play Listings for the Week of October 27th, 2014

October 27th, 2014

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Only a few days left in October… and only a few more chances to see some of the awesome shows playing in town. Some will be here for a while longer – but in any case, check our play listings for the week below to see what’s playing when! Anything highlighted in red with two asterisks comes highly recommended by our Editor, Samantha.

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Review: Alcina (Opera Atelier)

October 27th, 2014

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Opera Atelier’s Alcina mixes video projection with period conventions

From the moment I walked into the theatre and saw the large scale backdrop depicting rolling, sinuous sand dunes, I knew that Opera Atelier’s production of Alcina by G. F. Handel was going to be a bit of a departure from their usual style. Usually, Opera Atelier productions make use of a consistent recipe that is working for them. It consists of fairly diligent adherence to period conventions.

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Review: Onesies (Daisy Productions)

October 25th, 2014

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Onesies, presented by Daisy Productions, features four one-act comedies that tackle subject matter ranging from infidelity to being too attractive for your own good.

And with a spread this eclectic it doesn’t matter whether your comedic preferences lean more towards smart and sophisticated – or downright crude – you’re sure to see something that tickles your funny bone – even if just a little bit. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: The Art of Building a Bunker (Factory Theatre/Quiptake)

October 24th, 2014

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The Art of Building a Bunker is a hilarious one-man show on social awkwardness on stage at Toronto’s Factory Theatre

In The Art of Building a Bunker, Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia explore questions of sensitivity, political correctness and the socially acceptable through the scope of one man’s experience at workplace sensitivity training. This one-man show was previously introduced to the Toronto theatre scene in 2013 at the Summerworks Festival, now bringing a wry, poignant and frequently absurd sense of humour to Factory Theatre’s 45th season.

Lazarus is the “one-man” in question, embodying the tale of Elvis, a guy who has to suffer through the touchy-feely self-reflection of sensitivity training. Elvis can’t stand being there and makes this pretty obvious throughout the whole show through bursts of hilarious improprieties. Aside from Elvis, Lazarus channels the rest of the sensitivity training course participants including the leader, bringing to life a cast of fully realized kooky characters with only the nod of his head or the flick of his wrist.

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Review: L’Implorante & L’éternel voyage (Harbourfront Centre)

October 24th, 2014

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L’Implorante and L’éternel are a contrasting dance double-header playing at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre

We’ve all experienced that feeling of uncertainty around art. You stand in front of a work, and even though you know it’s good, you don’t know what to do. How to respond? Every now and then, however, you’ll find something that erases the question: You connect — deeply, almost painfully — and suddenly find that you can’t let go.

L’implorante, a collaboration between the well-known Toronto-based choreographer Sylvie Bouchard (co-founder of Dusk Dances) and Claude Guilmain (Le Théâtre la Tangente) currently showing at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, reaches out of the space where great art makes an unanticipated impact. Bouchard plays an unnamed choreographer who responds with unexpected force to a sculpture she finds in Paris, culminating in a moment of total identification and ecstasy.

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